Dr. Richard Armstrong

Deputy to the Commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School


Dr. Richard Armstrong Dr. Richard Armstrong graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a B.A. in Telecommunications in 1979 and an M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology in 1981.

He became a TRADOC intern in the Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) job series in 1982 at the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of his internship, Armstrong worked in the Armor School's Unit Training Division, where he conducted collective task analysis and wrote ARTEP Mission Training Plans. In 1986, he became chief of the Analysis Branch in the Directorate of Training and Doctrine. In that position, he directed development of Soldier Training Publications and Self Development Tests (formerly SQT).

TRADOC selected Armstrong for the Department of the Army's Long-Term Training Program in 1989. For the next year, Armstrong pursued advanced studies in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. After earning 48 graduate hours in doctoral-level courses, he returned to the Analysis Branch at the Armor School. He was awarded a Doctorate in Education from Indiana University in 1993. Armstrong's dissertation served as the basis for an article he co-wrote with Indiana University professor Charles Reigeluth on developing instructional strategies for teams. The National Society of Performance and Instruction selected it as the 1992 "Outstanding Article of the Year" for Performance Improvement Quarterly.

In 2002, he became the chief of a newly formed Training Development Division responsible for task analysis, the integration of new systems, and the development of POIs and lessons.

Armstrong left the Armor School in 2006 to become the deputy to the commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade and Ordnance Munitions & Electronics Maintenance School at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. When the Ordnance Center reorganized under the Sustainment Center of Excellence in 2010, Armstrong became the Ordnance School's Director of Training.

Armstrong was selected at the Deputy to the Commander, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, serving as the primary advisor to the Commanding General on all matters pertaining to development, conduct, and resourcing of education and training for the Active and Reserve Component Soldiers and civilians in the Ordnance Corp.

Armstrong has earned numerous awards, including the Commander's Award, the Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.


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This page last updated: March 24, 2017